Heart health is so important. It’s important we understand what helps keep the heart working at optimum level. I have already put some information out on the site about some of the well-known vitamins and their roles in keeping us healthy.
Exercise is important if we are to cut down on problems with the heart, so incorporating exercise into our lives at least 3 times a week is necessary. Certain vitamins and foods have also been shown to be beneficial. Vitamin B, not only provides the body with energy, but it’s also good for the heart.
A lack of Vitamin B, particularly B9 and B6 can lead to high levels of homocysteine (an amino acid in the blood), which may damage arteries, leading to heart disease and a stroke. Maintaining the right level of homocysteine in our blood is therefore very important.
Blueberries are such a delicious fruit that go well with other fruit, or simply mixed with natural low fat yoghurt and granola for a perfect snack. They contain an antioxidant called Anythocyanin, which may help to reduce our risk of heart disease. Blueberries may also help with the ageing process and in the reduction of the risk to certain types of cancer.
Fish is another good way to boost heart health. Oily fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which is beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol. It also has a positive effect on the heart and reduces cardiovascular problems associated with Heart Disease.
Foods high in fibre are also good for the heart, as fibre contains psyllium that helps reduce cholesterol, so may help prevent heart problems. Foods such as bananas, apples, pasta, broccoli, cabbage and whole-wheat bread are all good foods containing fibre.
I believe there is a connection and consequence to everything we do and with our diets there are no exceptions. Everything should be done in moderation, so that we don’t continue to do the things we know may be bad for us. We just need to be sensible.